I can't take a bit of credit for this post. It all comes from Kenneth Cox and the Holy Spirit, and it has to do with the differences with the experiences of the Early Rain and the Latter Rain. The difference between the two is illustrated in the parable of the ten virgins.
You know, of course, that all ten of these women were virgins; they had been convicted of sin, come out of the world, were in the church, and knew the truth about God; and they worshipped God; they loved God. Each of these women (representing the church) had the Early Rain experience.
So then why...why is it, when the Bridegroom comes to the wedding feast, the five are admitted and five are denied.
To those who are denied the Bridegroom says, "I don't know you!" All of the virgins had the Early Rain renewing; they were converted! What happened?
Here it is: The five foolish virgins had not permitted the Holy Spirit to work a change in their characters. Though staunch and faithful church-goers their characters were the same as when they willingly, cheerfully came into the church.
Like me they were still critical, exercised their tempers and lack of self control, were largely unloving, moved in small circles in the church, and knowingly or not, limited the access of the Holy Spirit to their hearts and minds.
Oh, but they knew a lot! Every week they studied the Sabbath School Lesson, memorized Scripture, read their Bible, and some could quote reams of EW. None of this had worked a change in character; they were merely well-informed Christians.
Information about God and His Christ is not the answer to those of us who are foolish virgins. The key to the door of the wedding feast is having Jesus Christ recognize us because we belong to Him; because we have invited and allowed Him to work in us daily through His Holy Spirit and the result is that we.... we act like Jesus, we talk like Jesus, we treat others the way He treated people, and His motives have become our motives through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our hearts and minds.
That is why Paul says, "...let this mind be in you which is in Christ Jesus also..." [Phil. 2:5]. Without Christ's mind in us there is no way we can think, act, or talk like Jesus. It is when we daily invite the Holy Spirit to work in us that Jesus is able
to recognize us! That is how and why He knows us!That is why we are admitted to the wedding feast!
Invite Him in today. I did.
God Bless. e.c.